A STITCH IN TIME SAVES NINE
The free cervical cancer screening and treatment sponsored by KMET in partnership with
Before I dive deeper into the event and mobilization of cervical cancer screening, let me clarify the information. The cervix is the lower, narrow end of the uterus. It connects the vagina (the birth canal) to the upper part of the uterus. Women are the only ones who have cervixes so cervical cancer only affects women but men carry HPV which they infect women with during intercourse.
Well, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is the main cause of cervical cancer. Most sexually active people will have HPV at some point in their lives but few women will get cervical cancer.
Apart from HPV, there are other things and habits that increase the risk of getting cervical cancer. These are smoking, prolonged usage of birth control pills, having given birth to more than three children and having HIV.
It’s no secret that cervical cancer is the number 1 killer disease for women worldwide. Cervical cancer may not cause signs and symptoms but Advanced cervical cancer (as in; last stages 3 & 4) may cause bleeding or discharge from the vagina that is not normal for you, such as bleeding after sex.
Cervical cancer is the easiest gynecologic cancer to prevent with regular screening tests and follow-up. It also is highly curable when found and treated early.
Cervical cancer screening saves nine for it detects the early signs of cervical cancer that can be treated there and then. The equipment used assist in detecting the liaisons that appear cancerous and a cryotherapy is done to eliminate the developing cancerous liaisons. It detects if the client is positive or negative or suspicious. If she tests suspicious for cancer, she’s referred to a hospital for further evaluation or cancer treatment more so; chemotherapy. If she tests positive (meaning pre-cancerous cells are identified), cryotherapy (freezing off pre-cancerous cells from the cervix) is done immediately which is painless and quick. Cryotherapy greatly reduces the risk of developing cervical cancer.
Cervical cancer screening should be done after 3years but for HIV+ women, the screening is done after every 1year because their immune system is weak. curecervicalcancer.org prefer ages 25-49. They argue that ages 24 and below might feel so much discomfort when they are being screened plus their results will raise false alarm or simply be false results.